Last week, California lawmaker Phil Ting decided to go above and beyond with his pitch for a new bill by dressing up a fellow government worker as none other than a life-sized receipt.
WATCH: A San Francisco assembly member put a life-size receipt on display Tuesday in order to introduce a new legislation that would require retailers to offer digital receipts as the default to customers beginning January 1, 2022. https://t.co/dw4hddKPRu pic.twitter.com/wLZfhz1rNK
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 9, 2019
Ting introduced legislation that would make California the first state to ban retailers from handing out printed receipts to customers unless specifically requested to do so. The measure, named Assembly Bill 161, proposes that it be required for stores to use electronic receipts as the default option, and stores that give out printed receipts without consent might be subject to fines.
Assemblyman Ting said, “There’s a negative impact on the environment with these receipts and the inability to recycle them.” Ting believes a law is necessary because most consumers aren’t aware most receipts are coated with BPA and BPS chemicals that are harmful to both humans and animals.